Ultra-Heavy Duty Support for Larger Speakers
Larger speakers need heavy-duty support, which the Pangea Audio DS300 stand provides, thanks to its ultra-rigid steel construction and audiophile design. Although it's packed with sound enhancing features that you usually only find on premium-priced stands, the DS300 is amazingly affordable.
The Story Behind These Remarkable Stands
Pangea Audio gave us the story behind their remarkable new DS300 and LS200 speaker stands. It's so good we thought we ought to share it.
"With the growing popularity of soundbars and on-wall speakers, the market for speaker stands has dramatically declined. Searching many Asian electronics shows, we found it difficult to find a manufacturer building steel stands. Wood, yes. Steel, no. We wanted steel. All the usual factories were now producing LCD mounts or LCD stands.
"Makings steel speaker stands, it seemed, was becoming a lost art.
"Finally, in the last show we visited late last year, in a separate room away from the main displays, in a poorly lit corner we discovered a small booth offering steel audio racks and speaker stands. Their signs were in Chinese. No one in the booth spoke English. We smiled and pointed at what we liked. They nodded and smiled back.
"Then our translator arrived. Yes, we build steel speaker stands said the woman who owned the factory. In fact, they had made them for British brands like Target Audio and Standesign. They seemed to know what they were doing. Their stands had all the features we like. Steel construction. Spiked feet. Baked-on scratch resistant powder coat finish.
"We ordered samples. They were as just what we wanted. Tolerances were tight so it would be easy to fill the tubes with sand or steel shot. We haggled a bit over packaging. We needed these heavy stands to survive the UPS and FedEx-man. [Sorry UPS & FedEx guys!] Finally we placed our order and here they are!"
Strong Four-Pillar Design
The DS300's four-pillar support provides the exceptional rigidity and stability which allow your speakers to perform at their best. The supports are all sand-fillable or lead shot-fillable, which lets you add mass to your DS300 for greater mass loading and resonance control. Top plate speaker pads add extra isolation, while adjustable-level carpet-piercing spiked feet make set up simple, as does the easy assembly.
The top plate size is 7.5" by 7.5" and the base plate is 10" by 12".
The DS300 has a scratch-resistant baked-on textured black finish that looks great – and lasts and lasts. Choose the height that best suits your speakers, room layout, and listening preferences: 24" or 28".
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|Okay....could use some work.|
I was in the market for a decent 24 stand to support some custom MTMs I recently built. The speakers are kind of on the heavy side at around 51 lbs. Being from Grand Rapids Ive bought from Audio Advisor in the past and stumbled upon these. At $170 a pair and labeled heavy duty they seemed like the perfect fit for my need. Im not as impressed as Audio Advisor seems to be. There are a couple things I noticed that just dont seem up to par with my Sanus SF26s. I was going to initially go with 24 Sanus SF24s but for whatever reason theyre only rated to 35 lbs. Here are my issues that I think need to be addressed on the Pangeas. 1. While they do seem heavy duty, and up to supporting the weight of my MTMs, the lower base is way to narrow for me to have much comfort in my speakers sitting on them. My Sanus stands have a much broader base and seem much less tippy as a result. I cant imagine a speaker of any size on top of the 28 Pangea version. 2. There are no gaskets at the bottom of the support beams. This pretty much rules out kitty litter and definitely sand as a filler and will force me to look at spending a small fortune on lead shot. The tolerances are okay, but there are small hairline gaps in portions where the beams meet the base. The Sanus stands come complete with cork gaskets. These should as well. 3. No wire management system integrated into the stand. Going to most likely need to resort to black zip tie holders to run up the back beam to keep it looking tidy. 4. They seem pretty resonant. Dont know if its thinner gauge metal or what but just tapping them with your finger and they ring like a bell. The Sanus stands have a dull thud. Just more of a reason to go fork over the cash for some lead shot. 5. Minor complaint. The circular pads are a very thin foam. The kind that shrink to paper thickness with any weight on them. Sanus stands have a thick solid rubber foot that is locked in place on the mount up top. All in all they look decent. The quality isnt bad by any means. Had they come with wider bases, wire mgmt system, and some form of gasket to allow for sand filling Id say they would be a worthy consideration. Not sure Ill keep them at this point.
|- Andrew H, MI|
|Nice Design, Poor Engineering|
I was excited to receive these stands when I read there description. As above they are a nice design but poorly engineered. First, the holes on the bases are way bigger than the screws that bolt the square pillars to them. The screw heads just cover the holes, also it makes it impossible to square the pillars to the base there is so much slop. Fill with sand ? Forget about it. You have to leave the base screws loose to even be able to attach the top plate. Speaking of top plate, it is advertised as being 7 1/2x 71/2 inches square. They are 6 x 8 1/2 inches. After tightening the and aligning the top plate I had to adjust and tighten the bottom screws before I could remove the top plate to fill with sand. By the way dont try to use sand as a filler. The pillars and top plate are not machined very well and sand dust falls through the pillars and gets all over the base. These are not the first stands I have assembled. There have been several including the three pillar Pangea stands I got from Audio Advisor several years ago. I wanted something heavier for my new speakers. So if you buy these expect o spend unnecessary time with assembly.
|- David K, AZ|